Bike camping season is here and my first trip is just around the corner. Last year I went all crazy with gear and blogged all over hell about it and one thing that came out of that was that some people wanted to know more about how I rigged my hammock. I really did mean to get back to you guys before now but I whiffed, so I'm putting the better-late-than-never concept into play.
Not to disappoint you, but it's pretty basic shit. I didn't much care for the whole deal about "lashing" your hammock to a tree. If you're into knots, knock yourself way the hell out, but frankly, I lead a productive life and have way better ways to spend my time.
In short, I scabbed 12 feet of 1" wide webbing onto the cords. Here's kind of the overview of one end of the hammock.
One end of that webbing gets "lashed" (hopefully for the last time) to the hammock cords via some rings . . .
. . . and the other end gets a 'biner . . .
Then all you have to do is wrap the strap . . .
. . . and cinch up . . .
At exactly the same moment that my body slammed into the ground in the middle of the night, I realized that one more step was required. An easily-undone insurance knot. It's probably not necessary if you don't toss and turn, but what kind of freak lays perfectly still? I think you should strongly consider this suggestion.
Looks totally serene from here, but holy hell, is that a torture chamber of a place to spend the night. So far. I'm good for maybe 2 or 3 more attempts but if something doesn't improve in a hurry, tents will start looking pretty freaking good again.